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These 10 venues give you ALL the wedding space options

Seriously, so many options. 
Gone are the days where wedding venues gave couples only one space for their big day. Venues have cottoned on to the fact that soon-to-be-wed couples want options (read: you don't want to be stuck in an outdated function room with no windows), and that equals good news for you. Many venues are home to a smattering of event spaces, whether that means having a flexible floor plan or several separate areas. To give you an idea of the available options, we've rounded up 10 places from around Australia. From outdoor courtyards and decks to more rooms than there are days in the week, these venues let you take your pick of wedding spaces. Plus, with so many options it's easy to find somewhere that fits the style and capacity you're looking for. Bonus!

For a prime waterfront perch...

How many room options will you have with your wedding at Lagoon Seafood Restaurant? A whole handful (literally). This restaurant in North Wollongong has five separate function rooms, catering for weddings of all sizes and styles. Some rooms can be booked together to create even larger spaces, or the entire venue can be hired on an exclusive-use basis. Having an intimate seated dinner? The Moonlight or Reflection Rooms are for you. Is a blowout cocktail bash on the cards? Make a beeline for the Grand Dining Room. If your guest list sits around the 300 mark, consider combining that space with the Coral and Grace Rooms. No matter which space you choose, you’ll dine on the restaurant’s award-winning fare and be treated to top-shelf service. 

For chic spaces...

One of Melbourne’s most recognisable waterfront venues, Carousel sits on the edge of Albert Park Lake. The views of the city skyline are some of the best you’ll come across. This swanky venue (operated by Food&Desire) is super versatile and wouldn’t look out of place in Los Angeles – think contemporary lines, sleek finishes and soaring palm trees at the entrance. A flexible floor plan can cater for both ceremonies and receptions, and the entire space can be booked as is for larger bashes or sectioned off to accommodate smaller gatherings. There’s an outdoor deck, too. You can swap vows al fresco, serve cocktails and canapés in Carousel’s central space and then unveil your reception area at one side. On the other hand, you could say your ‘I do’s indoors, move into the forecourt post-ceremony and then back inside for the party. Options, options…

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For a heritage beauty...

No matter what you’re looking for in a wedding venue – old-school charm, heritage buildings, leafy gardens, contemporary kit – you’ll find it at Brisbane Racing Club. The racecourse is prime real estate for your ceremony, and you can tie the knot in the Parade Ring. For a more intimate service, make for Mitty’s Deck, which overlooks the historic parade ring. Got your heart set on a garden ceremony? Swap vows under the lofty boughs of the fig tree before moving into the neighbouring Tote Room for your reception. The Tote Room boasts high ceilings, brick walls, polished timber floors and an outdoor area. It’s BRC’s largest wedding space and can accommodate both seated and cocktail celebrations. Other options for your party are the elegant Vice Regal Room and the Laboratory, which is tucked away in the oldest grandstand. 

For an award-winning restaurant...

Regatta Rose Bay has one mighty fine view. Located at the end of the Rose Bay promenade, it looks out over the marina and Sydney Harbour. You don't have to give up this outlook when you move inside either, because this acclaimed restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows so you can see the water no matter where you are. Regatta Rose Bay hosts weddings in one of two ways: in the semi-private dining area The Blue Room or using the whole venue. The Blue Room is a casual, laid-back space that can hold cocktail or seated functions. To have the place to yourself (and feel extra fancy in the process), opt for hiring the whole restaurant; do this and you'll have room for 200 guests standing or 135 seated. 

For epic grandeur...

Behind The Substation’s red brick façade, soon-to-be-hitched couples will find three wedding spaces, and this Melbourne venue has the goods to host both your ceremony and reception. The Performance Room is the main space, and what a head-turner it is. Massive windows, soaring ceilings, gleaming floorboards and dramatic feels make this area simply spectacular. It’s one that will have your guests ‘ooh’ing and ‘ahh’ing from the moment they walk in. The foyer on the ground floor can be used for ceremonies and cocktail events, while the Studio is great for seated or standing receptions. The Studio also comes decked out with exposed steel beams, sliding mirror doors and arched windows. 

For a historic house...

Spectacular first impressions are a sure thing at Carclew House in North Adelaide. The grounds feature beautiful gardens, large lawn areas, paved courtyards and swaying palm trees. Inside, the ballroom takes centre stage. With views over the garden and North Adelaide Golf Course, the ballroom can be split into two smaller rooms or booked as one opulent space. The house and gardens can be booked together – so you’ll have the run of the place – or can be hired separately. You can also snap up Carclew House for a three-day period, which will give you time to bump in (a wedding buzzword for setting up) and create a look worthy of any Pinterest board. On the flip side, a six-hour hire package is also available. 

For a three-for-one...

Perth’s Joondalup Resort is an all-in-one venue. It has spaces for your service, rooms for your reception and boasts 70 rooms and suites for you and your guests. The resort has five options for your ceremony: Lakeside Green, Lakeview Parklands, Country Club Bushlands, Waterfront Terrace and a paved space by the swimming pool. Once you’re officially hitched, you’ll take off for your formal portraits – you have the entire resort as your backdrop – and then head into one of the seven function rooms. Couples planning a bigger party can pick from the Grand Ballroom, the Lakeview Ballroom or a poolside marquee. Have something smaller in mind? Choose between the Jacaranda Room, the Boardroom or View 180. 

For a beautiful homestead...

To take your wedding game up a level, you need a venue that brings serious wow factor. Jimbour, a private residence just out of Brisbane, is that venue. A heritage homestead and sprawling property create the perfect backdrop for couples wanting an elegant country wedding. Take your pick from a smattering of spaces and locations. The timber Jimbour Chapel makes a dreamy setting for small ceremonies, or swap ‘I do’s by the Grand Tree. For a unique service, get hitched on the driveway - before you ask, this isn’t your ordinary driveway. It’s flanked by manicured gardens and is next to the pool and house. When it’s time to kick up your heels and celebrate your freshly-minted newlywed status, choose between a party in a silk-lined marquee, the cool Hangar or on Jacaranda Drive. 

For artsy flair...

The National Gallery of Victoria may be home to some of the art world’s most famous names – Monet, Munch, Nolan – but its wedding spaces are worthy of acclaim too. The Great Hall is NGV’s showpiece with its stained glass ceilings, mammoth windows and ability to accommodate celebrations of up to 1000 guests (so nobody will be left off your guest list). Couples celebrating in the Great Hall can use Federation Court (located near the water wall) or the Terrace for pre-dinner drinks and canapés. The court can also be booked as a main event space. Persimmon is a separate room within the gallery and overlooks the Grollo Equiset Garden, moat and sculptures. It can accommodate seated and cocktail dos. Peter Rowland operates the function spaces and catering for the National Gallery of Victoria.

For a high-class hotel...

Park Hyatt hotels have a reputation for delivering on five-star everything, and the same can be said for the wedding spaces at Hyatt Hotel Canberra. The hotel is home to four spaces: the Federation Ballroom, the Centenary Ballroom, the Canberra Room and the Lavender Room. Yep, you have a choice of not one, but two ballrooms. The Federation Ballroom is everything a ballroom should be: classic good looks, high ceilings and glittering light fittings. It’s also super roomy, with capacity for 300 seated guests or 400 for a cocktail event. Next up is the smaller, but equally opulent, Centenary Ballroom. There’s space for 180 of your nearest and dearest. The Canberra Room has access to an outdoor space – the Ambassador Courtyard – and is a versatile area for guest lists of up to 100. For an al fresco celebration, the Lavender Courtyard is for you. It’s located in the heritage section of the hotel and makes a beautiful backdrop for ceremonies and receptions. 

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